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Name of the Game is Death Paperback – Jul 1988


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lizard Books (July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887390420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887390425
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,704,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tensely plotted, forecfully written, and extraordinarily effective." --The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
To give credit where credit is due this was another recommendation from Gorman's "The Big Book of Noir" and it was right on point. As Gorman says about Marlowe "his best stuff just explodes every thirty pages or so".
Here's an exciting litle excerpt-the protaginost Drake ("the man with nobody's face")is in a motel room with Lucille who-as it turns out-gets her jollies by seducing men and then watching as her boyfriend barges in on them and beats the ... out of the man that Lucille just seduced. Drake, being a tough and smart guy, figures this out and ends up suckering Lucille's boyfriend into breaking into an empty motel room-he leaves frustrated and now Drake has Lucille all to himself."Now what are you going to do?", Lucille asks Drake.To quote the book:"I'll show you," I said. It was four in the morning before we left there. Fifty percent of us had enjoyed it."
What can I say-great book that they just don't make like this anymore.
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By A Customer on Dec 1 2000
Format: Paperback
A career bank robber becomes a detective in order to investigate the disappearance of his partner after a job goes awry. This book is dark, gritty and full of suspense. The book is really well written and has a strong plot. There are many twists and exciting characters. Although the book is a little hard to find it's worth the read. It's the first book in a series of 12. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
At The Hard End Of Hard-Boiled Feb. 16 2002
By POP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To give credit where credit is due this was another recommendation from Gorman's "The Big Book of Noir" and it was right on point. As Gorman says about Marlowe "his best stuff just explodes every thirty pages or so".
Here's an exciting litle excerpt-the protaginost Drake ("the man with nobody's face")is in a motel room with Lucille who-as it turns out-gets her jollies by seducing men and then watching as her boyfriend barges in on them and beats the ... out of the man that Lucille just seduced. Drake, being a tough and smart guy, figures this out and ends up suckering Lucille's boyfriend into breaking into an empty motel room-he leaves frustrated and now Drake has Lucille all to himself."Now what are you going to do?", Lucille asks Drake.To quote the book:"I'll show you," I said. It was four in the morning before we left there. Fifty percent of us had enjoyed it."
What can I say-great book that they just don't make like this anymore.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Name of the Game is Death Dec 1 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A career bank robber becomes a detective in order to investigate the disappearance of his partner after a job goes awry. This book is dark, gritty and full of suspense. The book is really well written and has a strong plot. There are many twists and exciting characters. Although the book is a little hard to find it's worth the read. It's the first book in a series of 12. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
sock on the jaw, sap to the head Dec 27 2007
By D. Sturm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thought I knew from hard-boiled until I ran into this nasty little gem. It's a cliche, but they simply do not write 'em like this anymore. The level of ruthlessness has you almost shaking your head in wonder. Yet our "hero" does have rules and we come to respect them. By the last page my jaw was so clenched my teeth hurt and I wished I could hand the guy a gun and see what happens next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A misplaced gem April 7 2012
By dotdawtdought - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This novel is one of the best from a vaguely forgotten author previously out of print. In the vein of the famous Parker series written by Donald Westlake, the main character is a tough as galvanized steel outlaw who plans his steps thoroughly, a consummate professional with lethal aim. But you can't plan for every contingency. Chance has a hand in every endeavor.

This is made apparent in the opening of THE NAME OF THE GAME IS DEATH. Right out of the gate, this novel puts the pedal to the metal and ratchets up the tension, dropping the reader in the dead center of a bank heist. We follow in first person a man who dons the new name Chet Arnold and goes looking for his partner, who seems to have run into a bit of trouble. Chet has few alliances in this world, having disowned the straight and narrow life and nearly everything that comes with it, but even a man of steel can have a soft spot for friends and pets. When a few friends are all you've got in this world, a good ally, human or otherwise, is indispensable... So when someone gets between him and his partner, Chet gets to dispensing deliberate and calculated carnage to the deserving parties, indifferently stepping over the freshest casualty so he can get to making the next.

What makes the story grip and hold is, while Chet Arnold is a hardened criminal, many of his cold decisions are made in favor of defending his closest companions, making his revenge feel justified in a twisted manner. The book is tightly plotted, moving fast from one excitement to the next, making for one wild ride. There's also a follow up to this novel that you can find on Amazon for the Kindle, ONE ENDLESS HOUR. If you enjoy The Name of the Game is Death and would like to know what comes next for our far-from-hero, you should check it out One Endless Hour

There has been a substantial resurgence of interest in Dan Marlowe's work recently, in part because of an article featured in issue three of FATALE, Ed Brubaker's recent comic series. The same author of that article, Charles Kelly, wrote a column titled "The Wrong Marlowe" for the L.A. Times detailing many interesting facts about Marlowe's life and writing career. Kelly mentions that Marlowe had a real life "FBI's most wanted" criminal as consultant on many of his novels, lending credence to the real feel of his characters and scenarios.

Charles Kelly has a biography about Dan Marlowe coming out this summer. GUNSHOTS IN ANOTHER ROOM: THE FORGOTTEN LIFE OF DAN J. MARLOWE is due out June of 2012. Marlowe's life is a worthy story all on its own, so I'll definitely be grabbing this one when I can get my grubby paws on it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is MY favorite hard-boiled book June 21 2002
By Dave Zeltserman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What can I say? This is just a terrific book. As explosive and unexptected as they come. Any one who loves hard-boiled books has got to read this one.
-Dave Zeltserman, author of In His Shadow


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